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Steen joins teammates for practice

Blues forward has missed 13 games with hand injury sustained in preseason

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

HAZELWOOD - Alexander Steen joined his teammates for practice at the Ice Zone on Monday, then joined them again for a full practice on Tuesday, suggesting the Blues forward is getting closer to making his return to the lineup.

Steen is skating with the team for the first time since he sustained an injury to his hand after being slashed by Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel in the first preseason game of the year. Steen missed the remainder of training camp and has been sidelined for 13 games - including all six regular-season contests.

"He looked good," Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said of Steen. "He's obviously a big part of our group, a big part of the leadership and then you think about all the intangibles that he brings, special teams, leadership, offensively, defensively, he's a key guy for us, so we're anxious to get him back.

"Not going to rule him in (for Wednesday vs. Chicago), not going to rule him out right now."

Steen's upcoming return will be a big boost for the Blues, who are already missing Patrik Berglund (shoulder), Zach Sanford (shoulder), Robby Fabbri (knee) and Jay Bouwmeester (ankle) due to injuries.

Steen played in 76 games last season, scoring 16 goals and 35 assists.

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